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By Alexis De Tocqueville, Daniel J. Boorstin

Out of Alex de Tocqueville's travels during the U.S. within the 1830's got here an insightful learn of a tender democracy and its associations. This 2 quantity variation provides Tocqueville's unique textual content. Footnotes, bibliography.

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42 Tocqueville Chapter II: Origin Of The Anglo-Americans – Part I Origin Of The Anglo-Americans, And Its Importance In Relation To Their Future Condition Chapter Summary After the birth of a human being his early years are obscurely spent in the toils or pleasures of childhood. As he grows up the world receives him, when his manhood begins, and he enters into contact with his fellows. He is then studied for the first time, and it is imagined that the germ of the vices and the virtues of his maturer years is then formed.

Nothing can be more curious and, at the same time more instructive, than the legislation of that period; it is there that the solution of the great social problem which the United States now present to the world is to be found. ** The legislators of Connecticut*** begin with the penal laws, and, strange to say, they borrow their provisions from the text of Holy Writ. ” This is followed by ten or twelve enactments of the same kind, copied verbatim *The inhabitants of Massachusetts had deviated from the forms which are preserved in the criminal and civil procedure of England; in 1650 the decrees of justice were not yet headed by the royal style.

The waters of the primeval ocean accumulated enormous beds of vegetable mould in the valley, which they levelled as they retired. Upon the right shore of the river are seen immense plains, as smooth as if the husbandman had passed over them with his roller. As you approach the mountains the soil becomes more and more unequal and sterile; the ground is, as it were, pierced in a thousand places by primitive rocks, which appear like the bones of a skeleton whose flesh is partly consumed. The surface of the earth is covered with a granite sand and huge irregular masses of stone, among which a few plants force their growth, and give the 36 Tocqueville appearance of a green field covered with the ruins of a vast edifice.

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